Friday, July 24, 2015

A little over a century
ago, an American archealogist named Hiram Bingham and a team explorers
unearthed an ancient series of cities that we now know as Machu Piccu.
We won't say "discovered" since there was an entire civilization traveling to
and from the city in its prime who were most certainly aware of its existence.
 Aside from the late-inhabitants, the only people that knew of these lost
cities before Bingham and his crew were peasants living in the area. To
celebrate the day one of the world's most popular landmarks was opened to the
public, here's a bit of history: On the way to find the lost Incan cities in
1911, Bingham's group encountered a local farmer who mentioned a set of ruins
he referenced as Machu Piccu—or "Old Peak" in the local Quechua dialect.
 The travelers got their first glimpse at the secret location the
next day after an 11-year-old guide led them up the mountain and into the
sacred space. (It is thought that Machu Piccu was a summer escape
for Inca leaders. ) Soon after the discovery, Bingham shared the site in
a book that sent a steady stream  of tourists to the area. According to
History. com, more than 300,000 travelers make their way to the landmark every
year. Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel +
Leisure.  Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.
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